Bulloch County residents are invited Saturday to a celebration of a $30,000 grant that will help control the feral cat population in the community.
The event, “Clear the Shelter,” is also geared toward finding homes for as many animals as possible.
The Rachel Ray Save Them All Foundation, working through the Best Friend Animal Society, awarded Bulloch County the grant for the “ongoing partnering project with the Statesboro/Bulloch County Humane Society and Fixing the Boro to trap, neuter, vaccinate and return” as many feral cats in the community as possible, said Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn. The Bulloch County Animal Shelter operates under supervision of the public safety department and is managed by Wendy Ivey.
The county has been discussing the “trap, neuter and release” (TNR) option for some time. The TNR program began in October, Ivey said.
“These funds will allow the animal shelter to control the stray animal population in the area and ensure they are properly immunized. This project is imperative to the safety of community animals,” Wynn said.
Saturday’s Clear the Shelter event will be held at the Bulloch County Animal Shelter on Mill Creek Road.
Partnering with Heritage Bank and Fixing the Boro, “The event will be lots of fun with a bouncy house, shaved ice, games for everyone and food,” Ivey said.
The festivities will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those adopting a pet that day will be eligible for prizes. There will also be raffles, door prizes and refreshments.
“Our purpose is to actually clear the shelter” and adopt out all available animals, she said. “We will have rescues that are committing to come and take what they can also,” she said.
Each year, the Bulloch County Animal Shelter takes in up to 1,500 feral cats, 75 percent of the shelter’s total feline intake. Areas where most feral cats are found include the city limits, where there are restaurants and apartment complexes. In both the city and rural areas, dumpster sites and recycling centers also attract wild felines, mainly due to the availability of discarded food items, she said.
For more information, contact the shelter at (912) 764-4529.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.